Ex Cathedra

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I'm the man your father was, carved out of my failure
I'm the son of an endless autumn road.
I share my skin with bodies of light, with virgo and cancer
My drifting heart's like a haunted family home.

Day's demands are mute expanse
just hours that we've never owned.
And all night's plans are wings of sand
where our drugs can feel what we don't.

Wake from my sleep
Let me wake on my feet in the dawn's chalky light

I'm my dismanted promises, my total erasure
I solemnly swear that I might not show at all.
I heard it was pleasant, too much fun, familiarly measured
recoil from the weekend into a haunted, trackless maw.

Like mouthfuls of feathers
In my hideous weather
Feeling my tethers and the drag of time.

Wake from my sleep
Let me wake on my feet in the dawn's chalky light.


from False Moon, released May 7, 2017
Written and Performed by Paul Cumming
Mixed by Myles Mumford
Mastered by Adam Dempsey



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Naked Waste Melbourne, Australia

Primarily composed and performed on the bass guitar, Naked Waste is wounded folk scaffolded with arctic digital percussion and a mist of disembodied vocals. Something tethered to the geography of disremembered places—a communion of wonder and dereliction. These places of influence are used as a kind of vocabulary for the human interior— for unstable landscapes of self. ... more

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